That Hamilton Woman (1941)
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as Emma Lady Hamilton
as Lord Horatio Nelson
as Sir William Hamilton
as Capt. Hardy
as Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon
as Lady Nelson
as Street Girl
as Rev. Nelson
as Lord Spencer
as Lord Keith
as King of Naples
as Queen of Naples
as Hotel manager
as Lady Spencer
as Lady Spencer
as Capt. Troubridge
Critic Reviews for That Hamilton Woman
Leigh and Olivier translate their real-life passion to celluloid, making it curiously difficult to discern what was performed and was simply there
Not only does Leigh look outrageously beautiful, but she seems to be radiating sheer, undiluted adoration and desire through her eyes, voice and movements, perfectly received and matched by Olivier.
That Hamilton Woman gains much from Leigh's playfulness and placid beauty.
... the most gracefully directed and dramatically engaging film from British film impresario Korda, who generally directed like a producer.
Olivier and Vivien Leigh made this romantic historical melodrama at the height of their popularity, which became Churchill's favorite film due to its propaganda elements during WWII.
Rarely has a more thoroughly harrowing and emotional portrait of life at home during wartime been rendered on the screen
Audience Reviews for That Hamilton Woman
Who's Winston Churchill? Did he ever make a movie? No? Then what's the big deal? Well reportedly he finagled to have this one made, Brit propaganda from inception to final credits, all about Brit superstar and icon Lord Nelson and his dangerous liasion with a married lady from the wrong side of the tracks. Delivered with finesse and verve by Olivier and Leigh, in the flush of their fame and talent, there is a sort of magical spell evoked, and the recreation of Nelson's passing (high on Brit radar, nil on American) (oh! spoiler alert!, dammit!) might tug a tear or two.
A long movie, but worth it, it's got a great cast and story. I really liked this movie.
In "That Hamilton Woman," Emma Hart(Vivien Leigh) travels to Naples with her mother(Sara Allgood) on vacation before her fiance is set to arrive. She is extremely disappointed to hear from her future father-in-law(Alan Mowbray), the British ambassador, that he will not be coming. And she is absolutely livid that he purchased her rights for 5000 pounds and a fresco to be named later. Three years later, they are happily married. At least, that is the case until Captain Horatio Nelson(Laurence Olivier) makes a social call. "That Hamilton Woman" is an opulent movie that takes a decidedly sideways glance at history, almost turning an important point in history into an overheated soap opera. There are a couple of allusions to Emma's past via "Salome's Last Dance" that definitely sound racy for any time. According to the movie, she is almost responsible for all of us speaking French and I'm still torn if that would be a bad thing. Of course, saying your empire is morally superior to the other fellow's is a silly exercise at best but then this movie was made during World War II so some allowances should be made, as Olivier's speeches take the day in a warmup for his "Henry V." In the end, I am left wondering if Nelson would have been happy with any peace, mostly because I am the type of person who would prefer people make hot sweaty sex, not war.
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